The man in the viral "Manyakis sa Jeep" video could sue the uploader for posting it on social media and blogs for tarnishing his reputation.
Last December 11, Facebook user M Wheyn A Sonsona posted the video which shows an unidentified male passenger allegedly looking at the chest of a woman inside a jeepney. It already garnered more than 9,000 shares and over 723,000 views as of Saturday afternoon.
A very observant eye can tell that the man was not doing what he was accused of. He only appeared to have glanced at the woman's covered cupcakes as the video caught a side view of his face most of the time.
Yet some sites called him a pervert.
A tipster spotted the following statement in one blog, and we quote:
On this amateur footage, we can clearly see that the man even looked at the camera before staring to the girl's chest.
Watch this viral video so that we can raise awareness especially to the young girls out there. Share this to your loved ones, family, and friends to let them know there are this kind of people out there who will do anything for their own satisfaction up to the extent of bringing sexual act even in public areas."
Note: We captured a screenshot of the page just in case the blogger will delete or edit the post.
It's very obvious that the blog prematurely judged the man without sufficient proof. For this, the man referred to in the blog post as "Manyakis sa Jeep" can file a case for libel.
The Legal Information Institute of Cornell University defines libel as follows:
Libel is a method of defamation expressed by print, writing, pictures, signs, effigies, or any communication embodied in physical form that is injurious to a person's reputation, exposes a person to public hatred, contempt or ridicule, or injures a person in his/her business or profession."
Title Thirteen, CRIMES AGAINST HONOR, Chapter One, Section One, Article 353 of Republic Act No. 3815, also known as the "Revised Penal Code of the Philippines," provides:
A libel is public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status, or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, discredit, or contempt of a natural or juridical person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead."
Article 354 (Requirement for publicity) of said law also states:
Every defamatory imputation is presumed to be malicious, even if it be true, if no good intention and justifiable motive for making it is shown, except in the following cases:
- A private communication made by any person to another in the performance of any legal, moral or social duty; and
- A fair and true report, made in good faith, without any comments or remarks, of any judicial, legislative or other official proceedings which are not of confidential nature, or of any statement, report or speech delivered in said proceedings, or of any other act performed by public officers in the exercise of their functions.
Article 355 (Libel means by writings or similar means) also states that:
A libel committed by means of writing, printing, lithography, engraving, radio, phonograph, painting, theatrical exhibition, cinematographic exhibition, or any similar means, shall be punished by prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods or a fine ranging from 200 to 6,000 pesos, or both, in addition to the civil action which may be brought by the offended party."
Making derogatory statements in a site or Facebook post against a person with insufficient evidence shows a lack of online etiquette and respect for the privacy of others.